1st Edition

Made in the Low Countries Studies in Popular Music

Edited By Lutgard Mutsaers, Gert Keunen Copyright 2018
    258 Pages
    by Routledge

    258 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Made in the Low Countries: Studies in Popular Music serves as a comprehensive and thorough introduction to the history, sociology, and musicology of twentieth and twenty-first century popular music of the Dutch-speaking region comprising the Netherlands and Flanders as a region of federal Belgium. The volume consists of essays by leading scholars and publicists in this field, and covers the major issues, genres, and contexts of popular music. Each essay provides adequate context so readers understand why the issue or genre under discussion is of lasting significance to this transnational region. The book first presents a general description of the history and background of popular music made in the region, followed by essays that are organized into four thematic sections: I: Framing and Facilitating; II: Creation and Curation; III: Close Encounters; IV: Changes and Choices.


    Together Apart: Popular Music of the Low Countries with the Flow and against the Odds (LUTGARD MUTSAERS AND GERT KEUNEN)

    PART I: Framing and Facilitating

    1 Futile Dutchness or Idiosyncratic Transnationalism: Homemade Pop, National Identity and Global Culture (RENÉ BOOMKENS)

    2 The Zone In Between: The Principled Realm of Alternative Mainstream in Flanders (GERT KEUNEN)

    3 Upstart Among the Arts: The Rise of Rock into the Dutch Subsidy System (ANDRÉ NUCHELMANS)

    4 Mixing Multiple Tracks: Migration, Diaspora and Transcultural Music in Flanders (LISELOTTE SELS)

    PART II: Creation and Curation

    5 Broken Circle Rebound: New Regionalism and Vernacular Indie-Folk (NIELS VAN POECKE)

    6 From Thrash to Cash: Forging and Legitimizing Dutch Metal (PAUWKE BERKERS AND JULIAN SCHAAP)

    7 Crossover Collectivities and Electronic Samples: Jazz’s Popularization in the Digital Era (KRISTIN MCGEE)

    8 This Must Be Belgium: Roots, Progress and Legacy of New Beat (PEDRO DE BRUYCKERE)

    PART III: Close Encounters

    9 "The Windmill’s Turning": Lifecycle of a Signature Song for Holland (LUTGARD MUTSAERS)

    10 Knocking on Heaven’s Door: Golden Earring Before and After the "Dutch Invasion" (MAARTEN STEENMEIJER)

    11 Rock ‘n’ Roll in the Land of Sex and Drugs: Life and Legacy of Herman Brood (RUTGER VAHL)

    12 "Sanomi" versus "Shalalie": Showing Off Difference at the Eurovision Song Contest (ALBERT MEIJER)

    PART IV: Changes and Choices

    13 "We Too Are Specimens of Homo Sapiens": Holebi Culture between Agitprop and Pop (ROBBE HERREMAN)

    14 Pirates of the North Sea: Introduction and Impact of Commercial Pop Radio (GER TILLEKENS)


    Lutgard Mutsaers is a Dutch scholar, lecturer, researcher, and published author in Popular Music Studies with a background in musicology, cultural history, journalism, and performance.

    Gert Keunen is a Belgian scholar, lecturer, researcher, and published author in Popular Music Studies with a background in sociology, journalism, the music industry, and performance.